Do Red and Green Mix?
An exchange on the essay Why Ecosocialism: For a Red-Green Future
Löwy’s Marxist version of ecosocialism offers an inadequate framework for contemporary challenges.
John Bellamy Foster
Our planetary emergency demands a systemic ecosocialist agenda, lest we get trapped by utopian reformisms or narrow localisms.
Although reformist solutions are insufficient, they can buy us precious time while we push for systemic change.
Democratic socialism has emerged as the progressive alternative to neoliberalism and populist authoritarianism. But the devil is in the details.
Yes, our vision should be anti-capitalist, but it should be post–nation state as well.
Ecosocialism must be rooted in a form of democracy that is direct and radical to protect against the predations of hierarchy.
Socializing the means of production can't guarantee ecological sustainability. But it makes it possible.
Many young people are searching for something better than capitalism, and we need to help them imagine real alternatives.
Socialism must be not only green but also feminist—and that requires recognizing the importance of care work.
Unlike capitalism, which has not learned from its devastating failures, an ecosocialism fit for our times needs to self-critically reflect on the pitfalls of the socialist past.
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